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Lower Your Risk of Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. There's no sure way to prevent the disease, but this video provides tips on how to lower your risk.

These include:

Follow Healthy Habits

  • Eat a high-fiber diet
  • Move more
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat less animal fat
  • Limit alcohol
  • Avoid tobacco

Get Screened

  • Almost all colorectal cancers begin as precancerous polyps. Polyps found during screening can be removed before they become cancer.
  • The American Cancer Society recommends screening starting at age 45 (or earlier if you are at an increased risk).
  • Screening is the best way to protect yourself from the disease.

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Date Last Reviewed: December 23, 2019
Editorial Review: Andrea Cohen, Editorial Director, Baldwin Publishing, Inc. Contact Editor
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